Contract Killer
Blackwater Draw Brewing Company

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Style:
Porter - American
Ranked #286
ABV:
6.4%
Score:
87
Ranked #17,232
Avg:
3.97 | pDev: 11.34%
Reviews:
9
Ratings:
29
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Blackwater Draw Brewing Company
 
Texas, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  3
Gots
  10
SCORE
87
Very Good
Notes: A rich & robust coffee porter made using College Station's very own, What's the Buzz coffee.

We use a blend of Brewer's 2-row, Vienna, Crystal, Chocolate & Roasted malt to create a deeply rich yet refreshing porter with natural notes of coffee, dark chocolate and caramelized sugar.

Finally, we add a generous amount of cold-pressed coffee to produce what we believe to be the best damn coffee porter in Texas.
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puck1225 from Texas

4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice, rich flavorful coffee porter.

Had it at the brewery poured into a a clear plastic cup. Even still, the beer had a nice head and great lacing. Deep dark brown color. Coffee and dark chocolate smell and taste. Coffee flavors not overwhelming. Smoothed out with some taste of pumpernickel toast. Overall a very nice beer.

May 23, 2020
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.89/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

for being more than a little bit old, this one still drank really nicely, surprisingly well honestly. the base porter is big and dense, loaded with dark bitter barley and layering up from there with some mid weight crystal providing some sweetness and roundness, and something lighter giving it a fresh bready vibe as well. the coffee is strong in both aroma and flavor, just how i like it, and doesnt seem to have oxidized at all. it has an ashy roast to it, some dark chocolate character, and a hint of raisin with the malt sweetness, really compelling. its crazy to think that the coffee has likely faded, because its still so forward in this, very earthen and charred, but with all the body here its so smooth. the flavor here is long, and as it warms things like tobacco and wood come out of it, bitter from coffee, dark malts, and this raw cocoa thing. super full flavored beer, great coffee too obviously, id love to try a cup on its own. my first beer from these guys was a great surprise, and ill look forward to more of their stuff in the future. this is what coffee porter should be!

Jul 18, 2019
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Korbynlehr from Kentucky

3.32/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not my choice of style or flavor. Please do not judge this beer by my review if porters And especially coffee porters are your thing. Not mine and I apologize.

Dec 21, 2018
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AlCaponeJunior from Texas

3.89/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

First time trying this one, and it's a good one. Basic impression is quite delicious. Lots of coffee taste, a nice body, great drinkability, smooth mouthfeel. Definitely a good coffee beer.

Jan 04, 2018
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Agriverbear from Texas

3.47/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured 3 cans from the same 6 pack. Each had different levels of carbonation. One was essentially flat. It has a slick mouthfeel with kind of muddled coffee flavors. The coffee comes through on the nose. It needs some work to perfect it.

Aug 27, 2017
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HardTarget from Texas

4.26/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Black glass, mostly opaque with some ruby edges. Tan foam doesn't hold a cover, but a solid halo.

Aroma: Rich coffee and malt, some earthy hop notes.

Taste: Burnt grain, slight Stout sour, coffee, with a little sugary finish that rounds out the package nicely.

Mouthfeel: Heavy body, small chew, low carbonation leaves it a frothy.

Overall: A tasty beer. Goes a bit more Stout than Porter in my book, but who cares? Fairly clean, rich coffee, rich malt, worth a 6 pack to try it out!

Aug 13, 2017
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Premo88 from Texas

3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

on tap at Blackwater Draw (12/1/14)

L: black with 1/2-inch tan head; super dark ruby amber that's clear; super stick on the head but little lacing

S: leather; sweet chocolate, coffee, mocha latte; very soft and subtle, much sweeter than the taste; astringent coffee bean

T: real coffee -- not the coffee-like notes but tastes like the brewer mixed it with coffee; not overly sweet; slight alcohol presence; very burnt/bitter notes (bitter hops or burnt malt?)

F: silky, almost cask-like with little carbonation; light

O: good not great; a little American brown ale/black IPA-like with some super burnt, bitter notes that overtake the sweeter, more traditional stout notes of coffee, chocolate, dark fruits

Dec 08, 2014
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Tuck_leepulin from Texas

4.81/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I swear, this beer gets better with every batch getting brewed. This is one of my all time favorite coffee beers. This was the first beer I had from Blackwater when they first open and it is something I go back to every time I visit. Dark opaque appearance with a rich bitter coffee and roasted malt flavor coming through. This approaches Founders Breakfast stout and that is a huge compliment.

Aug 01, 2014
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ranger7 from Texas

3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from growler, into pint glass.
Review from notes (12/24/2013).

A: Pitch black, very little tan head. Almost no carbonation.

S: Bitter. Smells of black coffee.

T: Somewhat bitter and dark; dark chocolate and black coffee.

M: Very low carbonation, almost flat, could use more. Thin mouthfeel.

O: Pretty good overall. I loved the bitterness of the coffee, but it could use a boost in the carbonation.
Great first brew from Blackwater Draw. Looking forward to more of their stuff in the future.

Jan 19, 2014
Contract Killer from Blackwater Draw Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 29 ratings